Is anyone else as bored as I am this off-season? It has been 9 whole days without baseball; the more than 1 week layoff has me going a tad stir-crazy. Want to see how bored I am? Read on…
What’s In A Name
Shakespeare said that a rose, if by any other name, would still smell as sweet. But what if we called it a carnation instead? Or how about a dandelion? It still smells good, but doesn’t “rose” just sound better?
The question I pose then is does the Silver Slugger award seem to denote, if only in name alone, that it is a runner-up to the Gold Glove award? Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino both took home a Gold Glove this year and now, Chase Utley has been awarded his 4th consecutive Silver Slugger. All these awards are obviously well deserved, but should the “Sluggers” feel slighted that their awards are only silver and not gold?
Ok, so both of the words “Silver Slugger” start with “S” and “Gold Glove” with “G”…I get that. Very cute in a Sesame Street kind of way. But why can’t we just call it the “Great Big Bat” award? I do not know any man on the planet that would not be thrilled with both the name and the connotation ;o) And since it is all about size here, why not a “Gigantic Glove” award in stead of “Gold”? I mean, aren’t the words “Gold” and “Silver” kind of woosie and girly in nature? Toss those out and give us some masculine power phrases! Put some testosterone into it! The legal kind, of course ;o)
I therefore dub Chase Utley the winner of the Great Big Bat Award! There, don’t you feel better now? Expressions of gratitude are accepted in all forms….thanks ;o)
Speaking of thanks, check out this interview with the Utley’s at home that Access Hollywood put together. The wife, Jen Utley, tells Chase she loves him as he is getting ready to leave the house at the end of the video. And his response? “Thanks.” See, I told you he needed a more masculine award name because that response if off the charts caveman-style. Funny stuff…
A Pop Culture Moment
Totally unrelated to baseball, has everyone heard about poor little Taylor Swift? It seems that the teenage Country singing star just cannot stay out of the firing line. First, Kanye West crushed her little soul when he interrupted her “Best Female Video” acceptance speech at the VMA Awards and lobbied that Beyonce should have won. West later apologized and heaps of bad jokes ensued.
Then in a more recent twist, poor Swift was dissed by Country Queen, Wynonna Judd in an interview. Judd told USA Today that all the awards Swift received at the CMA Awards were “too much, too soon.” But of course, Judd quickly apologized for the remarks and heaped praise upon the 19-year old.
However, the real back-breaker was when Jenn of Phillies Phollowers said on her blog, at this exact moment, “I do not like Taylor Swift’s music. Frankly, it sucks.” Jenn remains unapologetic to this very minute. No word yet on the potential fall-out that is sure to ensue…stay tuned!
Photo by Jenn
So, did we all thoroughly enjoy the Phillies TBS TV coverage this post-season? No? Oh, come on now, they were mildly entertaining, right? Let us examine some of the broadcasting highlights:
– These guys are brilliant; just check out this quote about Raul Ibanez: “He’s not 37 because he started his career late.” Really? Wow…the true fountain of youth; late bloomers.
– On a 2-base hit: “It’s an inside-the-park double.” You know, as opposed to the out-of-the-park double.
– During Game 1 of the NLDS, 2nd inning: “There has been great defense in this ballgame and in this series.” Yes, all 2 innings of it.
– About the catcher: “All the game calling is to make the pitcher comfortable.” The catcher calls pitches to make the pitcher comfy? Not to get outs? Ok then. Genius. Sheer genius.
– During a bunt to the pitcher with a runner on first: “He is thinking about second base because it is right behind the mound.” Is it? I never would have noticed…thanks, TBS! Baseball geography lesson 101.
– On Clayton Kershaw after he gave up a 3-run homer, allowed to 2 more runners on base and was then pitching to Ryan Howard: “This is a grow-up moment (for Kershaw).” No more little league for you buddy!
But wait, there’s more! Did you see the main sponsor for TBS during commercial breaks? Avocados. Yes, the disgusting, slimy, green fruit is THE big money maker for this station. Awesome.
And how about the commercials for the new TBS series “Men of a Certain Age.” It is October – this series is set to begin in December. Not only will we have forgotten about it by December, but with the thousands of previews shown, we have already seen the series in its entirety. No need to tune in then in December….we already know that Ray Romano plays a moron with a dirty mind; Scott Bakula is a man-sl*ut; and Andre Braugher is sad because he cannot live up to his daddy’s high expectations. Think that about covers it.
So how about some media video highlights! Here ya go; let us begin with Buck Martinez, who has NO idea which team he is watching…he mentions the Yanks and the Red Sox before he figures out it is the Phillies:
Chase Utley is also annoyed with the media coverage…watch his reaction as a media member pulls a Kanye West:
And my favorite clip of the Comcast Sportsnet coverage…Ricky Botallico flips out during the Jimmy Rollins 9th inning game winning hit in Game 4 of the NLCS:
Hope you all enjoyed these broadcasts as much as I did :O)
By the way, if anyone is looking to sell a ticket (1) to Game 3 of the World Series (the Saturday game, home opener), please email me. I cannot afford the Stub Hub prices so I am looking for anyone to take pity on me and sell me a ticket at face value or just above it. I cannot do standing room, but am open to other seating arrangements. Thank you and Go Phillies! :O)